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editor’s picks

5 Restaurants for Wine Lovers

Courtesy of Fusion Grill

Courtesy of Fusion Grill

Calling all oenophiles: these restaurants are must-visits for wine lovers of all stripes.

At DeLuca’s Cooking School, sip specially paired wines provided by attached DeLuca Fine Wines while chef Anna Paganelli demonstrates how to prepare elaborate Italian dishes. Call for class schedule and to register. 950 Portage Ave, 204‑774‑7617, delucas.ca

529 Wellington, Winnipeg’s most lofty steakhouse, maintains its elevated reputation with an award winning wine list so thick it could have been written by Proust. More than 800 selections pair with anything from porterhouse to prawns. 529 Wellington Cres, 204‑487‑8325, 529wellington.ca

Mona Lisa Restaurant is a top pick for comforting red sauce Italian fare in a sleek yet casual atmosphere. The adjacent cantina is perfect for variety-loving imbibers, with 20 featured wines offered by the glass. 1697 Corydon Ave, 204‑488‑3684, monalisarestaurant.ca

Fusion Grill stokes Canadian pride with its sophisticated use of regional ingredients, and local love doesn’t stop there. Owner Scot McTaggart (pictured) built an extensive wine list that is exclusively Canadian, and sure to win over even old-world enthusiasts to the Canuck terroir. 550 Academy Rd, 204‑489‑6963, fusiongrill.mb.ca

Forget hot cocoa—cap off a day of outdoor activities with a glass of vino at The Common at The Forks. Pours by the glass or in tasting flights are perfect to sip while relaxing in the food hall or even browsing the market’s upper level shops. The Forks Market, 204‑942‑6216, theforks.com

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February Editor’s Picks: Shopping

1. Hugo Boss ups the ante on slick storefronts with the debut of its first Canadian flagship store along Bloor Street West’s Mink Mile. Opened in December, the three-storey, 12,000-square-foot space was designed by the company’s architectural team in Germany, and will serve as the model for all future Hugo Boss flagship shops. A modern exterior of matrix concrete is broken up by windows at each level where bedecked mannequins showcase the brand’s sleek and professional dresses, suits, jackets and accessories for men and women. Inside, a gallery-like boutique featuring glossy finishes, a glass staircase, stained oak and stone flooring provides a crisp and serene ambience for viewing the BOSS Black and BOSS Selection lines.

2. Although it has a stand-alone store down the street, renowned French perfumery Chanel doubles the pleasure with a luxurious shop-in-shop at the Bloor Street location of Holt Renfrew. Amidst cozy hues of caramel and gold, with tweed-upholstered chairs, an illuminated screen beams the company’s lineup of scents along with historical images of founder Coco Chanel and renowned master perfumers from its haute history. Chanel beauty and fragrance experts are on-site at six makeup stations to offer professional advice about the company’s cosmetics and skincare lines, and provide olfactory “tours” of 12 scents from the “Les Exclusifs de Chanel” collection, including its latest, the floral-infused BEIGE.

3. Although the 21st winter games, from February 12 to 28, are being hosted on Canada’s west coast, the fervor of the competition can still be honoured here in Toronto. With glowing hearts, show your patriotic pride by picking up these items.

>> Douglas Duffel from the International Collection, $398, Roots.

>> Omega Vancouver 2010 Seamaster Diver watch, $4,500, Birks.

>> Torchbearer mittens, $10, The Bay.

>> Olympic team quilted vest, $70 and up, The Bay.

>> Sterling silver with 18K gold tag pendant, $225, Birks.